Croco cruise

We went croco cruising down a mangrove swamp and saw three crocodiles  2 females and the 1 and only male !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainforest, Reef and the Rock

We’ve been pretty quiet over the last week or so, mainly due to doing lots of travelling and not having much access to the internet. Actually, the three nights we spent in the rainforest were in accommodation which was completely off-grid. Anyway, I can confirm we are still alive and have got a lot of photos to download off our cameras. So where have we been?

We started off by flying up to tropical North Queensland and heading to the Daintree National Park as mentioned in Louisa’s post. We stayed at the Exotic Fruit Farm at Cape Trib. It’s a fantastic place and I’ve no idea how they manage to keep the cabins in such great shape, considering the conditions. While we were there we saw cassowaries and crocodiles in the wild and tasted some fruits we’d never heard of before. Black sapote, abiu, rollinia to name some of our favourites. On a snorkelling trip out to the reef I was lucky enough to swim with a couple of turtles and to see a huge stingray.

After getting quite damp in the rainforest (and the dry season at that) we flew to central Australia, direct to Ayers Rock airport. We drove to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and took some walks around them. We were quite awestruck. Seeing pictures of them doesn’t really compare to seeing them for real.

Today we drove to Alice Springs which is just down the road (i.e. 450km away). The outback scenery was interesting and so were the roadhouses. One just seemed to be full of slightly unhinged people and I’m talking about the staff as well as the customers. Alice Springs is also a bit weird. Nothing seems to work quite right. The first place we tried for lunch had nearly run out of food and the second one took ages and lost half our order. It’s like the whole place is staffed by temporary workers who just arrived.

Dazzling Daintree!

I have just come back from the daintree rainforest in Australia where i have been having a fab time. We only just managed to squeeze in snorkling before the trip home. I can now say i have been to the GREAT BARRIER REEF. I actually saw some fish!!! It was really wavey and hard to swim in. I saw a spotty fish AND a group swimming together. Also yesterday i went to the daintree river and had a crocodile cruise. We saw three!!!! One crocodile was 5 METRES long and it’s tail was a foot wide. Then we also saw a HUGE fat female who the guide said had just caught herself a juicy, yummy wallaby for breakfast. Hope all is well back home!!! 🙂

Koala Kingdom

As a brilliant day trip we took a drive to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to find some creatures. As well as koalas we saw kangaroos, tasmanian devils, fresh-water crocodiles, snakes, lizards, dingoes, platypuses, wombats, emus, parrots and lots and lots of birds. Events seemed to follow on from the next there were so many. I particuarly enjoyed the rainbow lorikeets being fed. I was also rather amused with the Birds of Prey show and sheep shearing.We were just sitting down to eat our lunch when a goat jumped upon the table!!! It was sooooooooooo fun. We got to feed the kangaroos AND stroke a snake. COOL!!!!

Streets Beach

In Brisbane there is a really cool streets beach. It is a fake beach and everybody can come to it even though it is in the middle of the city! I do not think there is anywhere like it. Next to the beach there are sprinklers which get you AWFULLY wet. When we were drying off we noticed a group of people taking photo shoots and lifeguards asked to help who were being humiliated. It is really relaxing and is a perfect place just to chill!!!! 🙂